Santa left a stocking on Violet's bed. I thought she'd be the first to wake up, but actually I was.
Violet asked Santa for a purple car this year, and she got a pink one. Apparently the elves ran out of purple paint. Big sister helping little sister open her stocking Thelma and Louis. Violet drives and Vivian works the radio.
Pizza. She loved making it, and wouldn't eat a bite. This is the pattern lately. What happened to our good eater? I'm actually surprised by how rejected I feel when she won't eat my cooking. Doesn't she know it was made with love? And who doesn't want to eat LOVE?!
A day at the lake. Rare chance to walk across to Sometimes Island.
Violet had fun throwing rocks into the lake I had been telling Violet for weeks that we would put up her Christmas tree when Grandma got here. So when Grandma arrived, not 5 minutes into the visit, Violet whispered "can we put up my tree now?" Don't tell this girl anything you don't want her to remember.
Lots of time in the kitchen. Violet helping mommy and Grandma bake a pie.
The primary question I had for Vivian's pediatrician at her 12 month well visit is "Is it OK to feed her as much as she wants?" It's astounding the amount of food this small person can pack away - sometimes it just seems wrong! But apparently, what she wants she gets, so I'll keep serving it up and Vivian will let us know when she's had enough.
You are one year old today. I just put you and Violet to bed and I was thinking about what a crazy, hectic, fun year this has been. I'll never forget the day you came into this world...I was so sure you were going to be a boy, and so over-the-top happy that you were a girl. See, I have a big sister too and I can't imagine life any other way. You and Violet are going to have a lot of fun together. Now that you are able to do so many things, it's fun to see your relationship blossom. Already you guys talk to each other, laugh and make each other scream at the top of your lungs!
I can't believe it was a year ago that you came into my life, I'll never forget holding you for the first time and kissing your soft, warm, slimy head. I was the happiest person in the world because our family was perfect and complete. Since then you have brought me so much joy - you're a champion when it comes to everything like sleeping and eating, and you are so easy to take care of. You don't cry much and you never get sick. Come to think of it, for a 1 year old, you are pretty tough. You have a strong independence that is thrilling to watch.
Tonight you were playing with you daddy and trying to stand on your own. It won't be long now and you'll be doing that, then walking, then running and then I'll blink and you'll be grown. But if there is one thing I know for sure it is that I haven't wasted a moment of you. Every late night feeding, every diaper change, every meal, every mundane thing. I'm savoring every moment because it goes too fast. Now that you are one you'll stop taking formula from a bottle, which means I don't get to start my day holding you, studying your features and playing with your little toes while you drink your bottle. That's ok though, I'm soaking up these last few remaining days of it, then I will enjoy the next stage of your life.
I'm looking forward to the next year and watching all your first experiences and wide-eyed wonder as you really start to explore the world around you.
Today and always no one is more proud of you than me. Happy first birthday, baby girl.
We have the very best neighbors. Here are pics from the second neighborhood picnic of 2011!
Jeff scratching his head; probably overwhelmed by the 6 little girls taking over the backyard.
Action shot, impossible to get a picture of any one of 'em standing still Vivian playing with her Halloween treat from Allen and Stacy We need real deck furniture Jeff brought out the guitar and all the girls were playing it together Can't wait for the next one!